HARTFORD, Connecticut (WTNH) – A bit of controversy in the state capital this week. Lawmakers are accused of drinking on the ground during the session.
This was revealed after Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie posted a CTN video on his blog. It showed a state official appearing to need help on the House floor.
State Representative Robin Comey (D-Branford) spoke and at times seemed to lose her place, speaking then stopping and sitting. His colleagues came to his side.
Representative Comey released a statement admitting to drinking:
“I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior last Thursday night. That evening, while talking on HB 6558, I suddenly and unexpectedly started to feel bad. This was due to several factors including anxiety, exhaustion, and unfortunately the wine I drank with dinner. To be on the safe side, I did not drive home and stayed in Hartford until the next morning. This type of behavior is not typical for me. I take full responsibility for my error in judgment.
Rennie posted the video on his blog and reported that others had been drinking at the Capitol complex.
House Speaker Matt Ritter acknowledged on Wednesday that he and the Majority Leader warned state lawmakers to be responsible.
“I read the blog and think it’s fair to say that me and Jason berated people,” he said. “There is no doubt that we expect people to be adults. Understand the consequences of decisions. And I was clear to people that if that happens again, it will have consequences. “
Governor Ned Lamont weighed in saying: “Be careful, you are in the public house, the house of the people; respect that.
Those caught drinking could be sanctioned, including losing committee duties.